The following articles are features you might want to read to help in understanding the request by the Council of Bishops regarding the 2019 General Conference Special Session.
Judicial Council Allows Alternative Proposals for 2019 General Conference: The United Methodist Judicial Council has ruled that alternative proposals to the Council of Bishops’ “One Church” recommendation on unity may be submitted to the special called 2019 General Conference. – Article by Cynthia B. Astle, UM Insight (click here to read more)
Court OKs submission of other petitions for GC2019: The United Methodist Church’s top court has ruled that other petitions — in addition to legislation from the Council of Bishops — can be submitted for the 2019 special session of General Conference. Any organization, as well as clergy members and lay members, can file a petition for the 2019 special session of General Conference, which is devoted to working through a longstanding impasse over homosexuality. Those petitions must be “in harmony with the purpose stated in the call” for the special session, the United Methodist Judicial Council said in Decision 1360. -Article by Linda Bloom, UMNS (click here to read more)
- Bishops respond to Judicial Council Decision 1360, in relation to the 2019 General Conference: We want to thank the Judicial Council for their service to the church through the affirmation of two key principles—the specific nature of the call for the special session, to receive and act on the report of the Council of Bishops based upon the work of the Commission on a Way Forward; and the General Conference’s authority to decide on what is in harmony with the call. – Letter from the Council of Bishops dated May 25, 2018 (click here to read more)
- Bishops urge Judicial Council to restrict petitions to 2019 General Conference: The Council of Bishops is urging the Judicial Council to declare that the business of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church be “limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward” as stated in the April 24, 2017, call. – Letter from the Council of Bishops dated May 23, 2018 (click here to read more)
An outline about the One Church Plan
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